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What Constitutes Elder Abuse in Indiana?

Those who have never cared for an elder do not understand the burdens that caregivers endure. Staffers at elder care facilities and other caregivers are the only ones who can ensure elders’ safety. And yet, these selfless caregivers receive no thanks from others but instead face baseless allegations of abuse and neglect.

Caregivers sometimes need to restrain and physically guide their elderly wards for their safety. The layperson, including loved ones of nursing home residents, may mistake appropriate caregiving services for abuse—often because they lack an understanding of elder care.

If you become the target of abuse claims in Indiana, get legal help as soon as possible. 

What Is Elder Abuse in Indiana?

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) defines abuse (also known as battery) as:

  1. Touching someone “in a rude, insolent or angry manner”
  2. Placing bodily fluid or waste on another person “in a rude, insolent or angry manner”

Whether or not they are in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or elsewhere, elders generally qualify as endangered adults. Per the
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, adults who cannot provide self-care qualify as endangered adults. As you’ll see, this status has significant legal ramifications. 

Potential Legal Penalties for Those Accused of Elder Abuse in Indiana

Elder abuse may fall under IC § 35-46-1-13, which governs the battery of endangered adults (and others). If courts determine that battery of an endangered adult caused serious bodily injury, you could face a Level 3 or 4 felony and between 2 and 16 years in prison (among other penalties).

Even if you don’t face a charge of causing serious bodily injury to an endangered adult, you may face charges that carry:

  • Jail time
  • Prison time
  • Substantial fines

Any conviction may come with reputational harm, lost employment opportunities, and other non-legal consequences. A criminal record that suggests you physically abused an elderly person could be especially damaging to your reputation, well-being, and professional ambitions.

Get a Capable Defense Against Allegations of Elder Abuse 

Since 2006, Razumich & Associates have helped thousands of clients preserve their reputations and avoid life-changing legal penalties.  

Let us defend you against any allegations of elder abuse or neglect in Indiana. Call Razumich & Associates today at 317-449-8661 for a free consultation. You can also contact us online.

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